Four new deaths and 117 coronavirus cases have been recorded in Coventry in the past 24 hours.

The latest official figures from Public Health England today (October 17) show that the total number of cases in Coventry has now risen to 3,773 since the pandemic began.

While four more deaths were recorded at hospitals run by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust.

Another 32 cases have also been recorded in Warwick, taking the total there to 954.

In Stratford-on-Avon, there have been 19 new cases, taking the total to 942.

Over in North Warwickshire, 9 new cases have been reported by officials, bringing the overall total to 563.

The Government said that, as of 9am on Saturday (October 17), there had been a further 16,171 lab-confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UK. It brings the total number of cases in the UK to 705,428.  

The Government also said a further 150 people had died within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19, as of Saturday. This brings the UK total to 43,579.  

Separate figures published by the UK’s statistics agencies show there have now been 58,500 deaths registered in the UK where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate.

The total number of deaths at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust is 247 – an increase of four.

At South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, the death toll stands at 120.

The news comes as Boris Johnson said the Government “stands ready” to apply more draconian restrictions but wanted to do in collaboration with local leaders.   

He said that the tier-based system offered a “chance to get R down”, adding: “We think the budget of measures we’ve set out would do it if we all implemented them together, if we did it together with the local authorities, regions we’ve identified.”

He added: “There are regions across the country that now need to do more and it will take everybody working together to achieve it.”   

“My judgment is it is better to go for that route now than to go back to the bad old days, or the most difficult period, of closing ours schools again…” 

Mr Johnson added: “You called for more draconian measures – be in no doubt the Government stands ready to apply those measures as soon as we think they’re necessary.”





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